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tyke

1
or tike

[ tahyk ]

noun

  1. a child, especially a small boy.
  2. any small child.
  3. a cur; mongrel.
  4. Chiefly Scot. a low, contemptible fellow; boor.


tyke

2
or tike

[ tahyk ]

noun

  1. Australia and New Zealand Informal. a Roman Catholic.

tyke

/ taɪk /

noun

  1. a dog, esp a mongrel
  2. informal.
    a small or cheeky child: used esp in affectionate reproof
  3. dialect.
    a rough ill-mannered person
  4. slang.
    Also calledYorkshire tyke a person from Yorkshire
  5. slang.
    a Roman Catholic


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Word History and Origins

Origin of tyke1

1350–1400; Middle English < Old Norse tīk bitch

Origin of tyke2

1940–45; compare Ulster English Taig contemptuous term for a Roman Catholic Irishman, archaic English teague derogatory name for an Irishman < Irish Tadhg a common personal name
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Word History and Origins

Origin of tyke1

C14: from Old Norse tīk bitch
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Example Sentences

There are even car seat mount kits to put the screen on the back of a headrest if your tykes spend a lot of time gaming on the way to grandmother’s house.

The tyke asked the gov his favorite part about being governor.

Supe III, the Namath one and the first one I watched as a little tyke, took care of that.

Soon after the young tyke began collecting presidential memorabilia and other knickknacks.

Bobby lapped a' it so eagerly, yet so daintily, that she added: "He's a weel-broucht-up tyke, Jamie."

"Eh, ye gude-for-naethin' tyke," he said to Bobby, in transparent pretense of his uselessness.

An' look 'ere, if yer want a flag for the revolution, tyke muvver's trahsers an' tie 'em to the corfin.

Was the most utterly shabby, vulgar, mean-looking cur I ever beheld: in one word, a tyke.

To be sure, we call a dog a “tyke,” and to describe any one as a dog is not complimentary, unless qualifications are made.

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